It is the mission of Brookside Smiles to create an environment of sincerity and compassion for each and every patient. We understand that many patients can feel anxious in regards to dental treatment and we are determined to help each individual patient overcome their dental anxieties. Our goal is to build a strong, healthy relationship with our patients based on trust, confidence and mutual respect. We welcome you to our practice, and will make every effort to meet and exceed your expectations.

image descriptionJennifer Nation, D.D.S.

Dr. Jennifer Nation was born in Washington, D.C., but grew up mostly on the West Coast. She studied abroad for a couple of years in France prior to receiving a Bachelor’s degree in French and a Minor in Art from La Sierra University in Riverside, California.

After completing her undergraduate education, she then attended dental school at Loma Linda University where she met her husband Dr. Jared Nation. They recently settled back in the Redlands area with their two children Jaden and Jianna and are happy to be living close to family and friends again.

Dr. Nation is a firm believer in the Golden Rule Philosophy,” treat others as you would like others to treat you.” It is evident in her commitment to her patients. She approaches each patient with respect, compassion and understanding. Dr. Nation enjoys making patients comfortable with dental treatment and helping them overcome any dental phobias they might have. Her caring, gentle approach and meticulous clinical skills will help patients have a positive dental experience.

Dr. Nation is dedicated to keeping up with all the advancements in modern dentistry and is an active member in the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. She has been practicing dentistry since 2002 and is committed to providing a positive dental environment for each and every one of her patients.

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image descriptionJana Nation, Registered Dental Hygenist

Jana Nation our dental hygienist is a Redlands- Loma Linda native. She has also been enveloped in the world of dentistry since she was a young child. Her father Wil Nation was a pediatric dentist in town, and was also a member of the faculty at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. Jana started her career in the dental field as a teenager helping her father in his office and learning all of the ins and outs of dentistry.

Jana is a well rounded individual with many interests and hobbies. She obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts from La Sierra University in Riverside, California and also graduated with an Associates degree in Fashion Merchandising from FIDM, the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.

Jana loves sewing, quilting and creating beautiful crafts. But her biggest passion is traveling. She loves to explore and see new places and experience different cultures. While in the dental hygiene program at Loma Linda, she was able to go to Honduras on a mission trip, thereby combining her professional talents with her love of travel.

Jana is an active member of the California Dental Hygiene Association, and is currently on the board of the local Tri- County Dental Hygienists’ Society where she holds an active role as Secretary and Student Liaison.

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image descriptionBrenda Johnson, Patient Coordinator

Brenda is our enthusiastic patient care coordinator. She is passionate about maintaining accurate records and solving problems. Our knowledgeable patient care coordinator is here to assist you in scheduling appointments, reviewing your treatment plan/phases, and can also help answer your questions. She is friendly and outgoing and loves helping people.

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image descriptionSonia Erquiaga, Dental Assistant

Sonia is a young woman dedicated to helping those around her. Empathy, as well as, a keen eye for detail have guided her to a profession at which she excels. Enthused to work in the dental industry, Sonia enjoys making the visit to the dentist a positive experience for everyone. She is a music lover and one of a kind.

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